Roxanne Moore: Hi! I am Roxanne Moore with at Sodexo and with me today is Jocelyn. And today we're actually going to make for you a healthy snack that is pea-nut free. So Jocelyn, first let me ask you, do you like to play sports, right?
Jocelyn: Yes, I do. My favorites are soccer and lacrosse.
Roxanne Moore: Fantastic! So when you are playing team sports usually teams have to have some sort of snack. So do you guys have a favorite snack?
Jocelyn: We have a bunch of favorite snacks, but our coach does not like us to eat much junk food. We also have to be careful around the people who are allergic to nuts.
Roxanne Moore: That is an excellent point because you know that nut allergies is one of the most common types of allergies that people have to deal with, but what we are going to make today is actually nut-free, isn't that right?
Jocelyn: Yes, it is. Today we will be making Cinnamon Chocolate Meringues and they are very low in calories.
Roxanne Moore: What do we need to do to get started? Jocelyn: First can you pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees for me please?
Roxanne Moore: That's an excellent point because whenever you're using large appliances in the kitchen you should always ask an adult to help you and you should always make sure you have their permission first.
So, Jocelyn what's next?
Jocelyn: Now we crack three large eggs and separate the white part from the yolks, that can be pretty tricky but I have had a lot of practice.
Now add 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar and beat with an electric mixer until soft paste formed, then we slowly add 3/4th cups of sugar and keep beating.
Roxanne Moore: So now you want this to actually get kind of stiff and glossy, right?
Jocelyn: That's right. Then you add a 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, now we just want to sprinkle 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, and 1/2 a cup of mini chocolate chips and gently fold all the ingredients together.
Roxanne Moore: Now you could just spoon a little meringue onto the cookie sheet or you can use a plastic bag to pipe the cookies onto the tray, make sure that you leave about half of an inch between the cookies.
Jocelyn: All done!
Roxanne Moore: Now I'll place the meringues in the oven for about one and-a-half hours until they are dry and crisp. When they are done we are going to let them cool at least 15 minutes and then we can sprinkle a little more cocoa powder on the cookies for garnish.
Jocelyn: Well I wouldn't recommend eating a spoonful cocoa powder because it is very dry and it doesn't have a good taste.
Roxanne Moore: Jocelyn, you're right, you are not supposed to eat cocoa powder with a spoon, we use it actually in our baking to make our foods taste delicious.
And that's what we have here. We have delicious chocolate meringues. They were simple and very easy to make.
So we hope that you too will enjoy making these cinnamon chocolate meringues in your home as well.